I thought about a scuffle hoe and didn’t think it would do the job for my garden (it’s new so we’re fighting the grass that keeps wanting to come back, as well as dandelions and some other stuff we have no clue as to what it is). I bought a hoe that looks like a spade — two flat sides and a tip, but it’s flat instead of curved like a spade is. It’s great for getting under the surface and chopping off the roots of grass and dandelions, or turning it on the side and using it like a scuffle hoe.
My next favorite tool would have to be our sprinkler, which has a neat adjustor system for aiming its fan.
Third favorite tool/technique: my fingers. Very often I’ll forget about the hoe and just get personal with the killing. I’m usually pretty picky about not getting dirty, so wearing a pair of ratty sweatpants, a t-shirt, and tons of mosquito repellant, I give myself permission to get dirty in my garden. And sometimes, I can’t use the hoe because the grass or whatever is growing too close to the stalk of a pepper plant or has grown up among the tomato and pea vines.
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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.